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The Trials of a Busy Mom

Month: March 2010 (page 2 of 2)

My talented sister

I’ve mentioned that my sister is an artist, right? Yes, you knew that, I’m sure. She’s illustrated a few books now, and does the artwork on Music and the Spoken word about once or twice a month, which is really fun to see her drawings on tv.

She’s illustrated a new book about adoption. It’s a sweet book that will touch the hearts of anyone who has adopted or even knows anyone who has adopted. Once Upon a Time: An Adoption Story is a darling little book that helps children understand adoption and how much love is involved. Ashley Hansen Bigler (the Author) and Amy Hintze (The Illustrator) have done a wonderful job together in explaining adoption in a simple and very loving way.

You can buy the book right now (before it’s even in stores) if you want by going HERE, or you can contact Amy through her BLOG, and she can sell you a copy as well.

If you ask nicely, she may even sign it for you. Or, if you are feeling lucky, there’s a giveaway HERE, where you can enter to win your own copy of this beautiful book.

I should probably run my own giveaway, but lately my giveaways haven’t been doing very well, so I’ll just point you in the right direction instead.

Fun in February. Only now it’s March, isn’t it?

I love the end of February. Not only have we made it through the two most dreary and cold months of the year, but my AmEX Costco rebate check comes in the mail. Can I have a “Hallelujah!”? Thank you. The whole year we get a few cents from each purchase, or more, if it’s a big purchase, up to 3% of our spending, and then at the end of February, they send us a check with our bill. And then I get to go to Costco and spend with reckless abandon. Ok, I can’t TOTALLY spend with reckless abandon, I’m not buying patio furniture or exercise equipment or anything, but I do load up the cart with meat and batteries and produce and things that we are actually going to need, but I don’t feel so guilty about buying them. On my splurge trip this year I bought some flower bulbs, and cool set of flashlights.

So I can have pretty flowers in my yard in the summer, and, in case of a power outage, I’ll be able to shine my cool flashlight on the pretty flowers and still see them.

Actually, I kind of rushed through Costco. I had forgotten how much BIGGER the South Jordan Costco is than the smaller, more friendly Lehi Store. I was a bit lost, and the tiniest bit overwhelmed by the bigger variety of merchandise, and the much bigger crowd. And I had to get back to the subaru dealership and pick up my key certificate.

That night, as we were eating our Costco take and bake pizza, I told the family about the cool set of flashlights I had bought. I went and got them, and Ryan had to take them out of the package IMMEDIATELY and start playing with them. The kids asked why we never have candelight dinner, and we put the big flashlight on the table, and said, “There you go, just like a dinner by candle light, but without the annoying candles.” Then Ryan used the two smaller flashlights and started doing an interpretative dance with the red glowing flashlights. Then EVERYONE had to dance with the flashlights. Oh my goodness.

Well, that’s what fun with the family is all about, right?

Snow way!

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Yesterday it was a wonderful day with temps in the 50s. I went to the school with no coat. By lunchtime the wind was starting and then the rain. And then the snow. When we woke up this morning, the yard looked like this.
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And the view from the back door is this.
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But as luck would have it, the kids have the day off of school today, so I have some cheap labor for the driveway shoveling.
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So that whole March coming in like a lamb thing? Maybe we have to rethink that.

Milk

I picked up a 1/2 gallon of organic WHOLE milk the other day. Because it was expiring, and thus was only $1.00. I don’t usually buy organic milk, and I NEVER buy whole milk. 8 grams of fat per serving? I don’t think so. So, that was the special treat milk for my two ultra skinny kids. I told them, “Cole and Megan, here’s some milk for you. Only you. Don’t tell the other kids about it, and you can drink as much as you want, just make sure you finish it in the next couple of days.” They each poured themselves a glass of milk right then. And then another glass for dinner. And then they must have had another glass or two after dinner, because by morning, there was an empty milk carton in the fridge.
(Why do people do that? Put an empty container back? At my house, that happens all the time. I guess it’s like not admitting that you took the last of something. Whatever. I digress).

I must admit I’m sometimes somewhat of a milk scrooge, especially last month when I was attempting to only spend $100 on groceries for the month. I just couldn’t afford to be buying 5 or 6 gallons of milk per week like I usually do, so I would only let them have one glass of milk for dinner, and then if they were still thirsty, they had to have water. So these two skinny kids were SO THRILLED to have this carton of milk to drink with reckless abandon. Who knew that milk could make a kid so happy. I’ll have to remember that, and the next time whole milk is on sale, maybe I’ll get them some.

Who wants to see a movie–a contest

Let’s all go to the movies! Don’t you love escaping real life and going to the movies? It’s a favorite date night activity for us. That’s why I’m pleased to give out some movie passes to what looks like a fun movie premier.

The Bounty Hunter

Film Synopsis – Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other – until they find themselves on the run for their lives. They thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough – staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher. Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) directs.

You can watch the trailer HERE

Thanks to KOSY 106.5, I have two sets of passes for you and a guest to see the special advance screening of the movie Wednesday, March 17 at 7 pm at the Gateway in Salt Lake City.

Want to go see a movie? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Monday, March 8th telling me why you need a night out. I’ll then pick two winners and mail you the tickets so you should be able to get them in plenty of time to go see a movie on the 17th!

Seuss!

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and that makes me smile.

Last night I read Green Eggs and Ham as a bedtime story.

I tried to point out the message that you should always TRY the food before you stubbornly refuse to eat any of it, but I think the point may have been lost on the 6 year old.

Let me share a few of great Dr. Seuss quotes, in honor of the very creative man who was Dr. Seuss.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. (the Lorax)

Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

And my personal favorite, since it reminds me of the massive amounts of fun we had doing Seussical,

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A person’s a person, no matter how small.

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Speaking of the theater, Megan asked me yesterday “Why do you do those plays every summer?” My answer to her was, “Because they don’t do them in the winter.” I thought it was a pretty clever answer, myself.

So have yourself a wonderful day, and remember not to take yourself too seriously.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” –Dr. Seuss

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